Lesson 8: Supreme Court of BC

Snapshot

Grade Level

8-10

Duration

1-2 periods

Lesson Plan (PDF)

Introduction

This lesson will introduce students to the Supreme Court of BC, including its jurisdiction, history, and processes. This is the highest trial court in British Columbia. It hears civil cases over $25,000, family law cases involving divorce and custody, as well as serious criminal cases. The Supreme Court also hears appeals of Provincial Court cases.

Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will:

  • Understand that the Supreme Court of BC hears serious criminal matters, civil cases over $25,000, family law cases involving divorce and custody, as well as appeals of Provincial Court cases
  • Be able to identify which types of cases would be heard in the Supreme Court of BC
  • Understand the role that judges, masters and juries play in the Supreme Court of BC

Focus Questions

  1. What authority does the Supreme Court of BC have?
  2. What kinds of cases does the Supreme Court of BC hear and what are the procedures for these cases?
  3. What role do judges, masters, and juries play in the Supreme Court of BC?

Teaching Summary

Students will learn about the Supreme Court of BC by watching an online video on the Courts of BC website www.CourtsofBC.ca.

Students will research information online in order to answer 17 questions on Handout 1: Supreme Court of BC.

Students will read the information on Handout 2: Does the Supreme Court of BC Hear This Case? and apply this information to 14 short scenarios.